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List of Wim Wenders Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Salt of the Earth (2014)
22
6
The Salt of the Earth
PG-13
22
6

The Salt of the Earth is a biographical documentary film which revolves around the life and work of Sebastião Salgado, who had  spent four decades documenting depraved and hidden societies in various parts of Africa and South America. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, his son, takes a look at his father’s life and career.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, Narrator
Director:
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Genres:
Biography, History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Sebastião Salgado, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Hugo Barbier
2. Paris, Texas (1984)
68
16
Paris, Texas
R
68
16

A vagabond named Travis Henderson walks out of the West Texas desert and is reunited with his brother Walt. Travis has been missing for four years, and Walt has adopted Travis’s son Hunter as his mother Jane is also missing. As Travis starts reconnecting with his son, the two go on a cross-country trip to find Jane.

As:
Director
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nastassja Kinski, Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clément, Hunter Carson
Awards:
BAFTA Award for Best Direction
3. Wings of Desire (1987)
48
12
Wings of Desire
PG-13
48
12

Damiel and Cassiel are two angels who are gliding through the streets of Berlin, while observing its population. Damiel soon falls for a lonely trapeze artist named Marion, and wishes to experience life in the physical world. He soon learns that although it might be possible to become a human, there is no guarantee that he will be able to locate her, or that she will have the same feelings for him.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Falk, Bruno Ganz, Curt Bois, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander
4. Alice in the Cities (1974)
16
4
Alice in the Cities
16
4

While residing in another country, Philip, a German writer faces writers block. Therefore, he decides to move back to his country. His life however, takes a turn after he befriends a woman named Lisa, and her young daughter Alice. Lisa leaves Alice in the care of Philip, but the next day, she seems to have disappeared. Therefore, Philip tries to find Alice’s grandmother, but problem is that she neither remembers her name or her address.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl, Yella Rottländer
5. Kings of the Road (1976)
11
3
Kings of the Road
11
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rudolf Schündler, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Hanns Zischler
6. Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
18
8
Buena Vista Social Club
G
18
8

After the takeover by Fidel Castro over Cuba, multiple Cuban musicians are virtually forgotten. However, a famed guitarist named Ry Cooder, and his son Joachim, travel to Cuba, and assemble a troupe consisting of the finest musicians in the country, to record an album. After the troupe is ready, they travel to the United States.

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Eliades Ochoa, Compay Segundo, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer
7. Pina (2011)
16
7
Pina
PG
16
7

Pina is a documentary film which was meant to be a tribute to Pina Bausch, German choreographer and her well-known dance troupe. The film also includes performances of some of their most famous creations.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Jorge Puerta
8. Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter (1990)
8
5
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter
8
5
As:
Director
Director:
Genres:
Music
Star Cast:
David Byrne, Afrika Bambaataa, Bono, Neneh Cherry, Adam Clayton
9. The American Friend (1977)
17
5
The American Friend
17
5

Tom earns a living by dealing in forged art, but in order to earn some extra cash, he decides to take part in a murder plot. All he needs to do is find a potential gunman who will not talk. He soon meets Jonathan, who seems to be the perfect choice, as he is dying from cancer and wants to leave an inheritance for his family.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Nicholas Ray, Gérard Blain
10. The Soul of a Man (2003)
8
5
The Soul of a Man
8
5
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Music, Biography, History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Chris Thomas King, Keith B. Brown, James Hughes, David F. Hughes, Shayne Tingle
11. Tokyo-Ga (1985)
9
5
Tokyo-Ga
9
5
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Werner Herzog, Chris Marker, Chishû Ryû, Yûharu Atsuta
12. In weiter Ferne, so nah! (1993)
13
4
In weiter Ferne, so nah!
PG-13
13
4

Cassiel and Raphaella are two angels who observe the busy life around Berlin. Cassiel gets involved with the life of an 11-year-old girl whom he believes might be in some sort of trouble. However, things get complicated when he is detained by the police.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Willem Dafoe, Peter Falk, Nastassja Kinski, Bruno Ganz, Horst Buchholz, Mikhail Gorbachev
13. Lisbon Story (1994)
11
4
Lisbon Story
PG
11
4
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Patrick Bauchau, Rüdiger Vogler, Canto e Castro, Vasco Sequeira, Viriato Jose da Silva
14. Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)
8
3
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kati Outinen, Markku Peltola, Marko Haavisto, Ana Sofia Liaño, Pelayo Suarez
15. Lumière et compagnie (1995)
8
4
Lumière et compagnie
8
4
As:
Director
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Romane Bohringer, Youssef Chahine, Merzak Allouache, Jeffe Alperi, Theodoros Angelopoulos
16. The State of Things (1982)
9
4
The State of Things
9
4
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Roger Corman, Patrick Bauchau, Isabelle Weingarten, Jeffrey Kime
17. Wrong Move (1975)
9
4
Wrong Move
9
4
As:
Director
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nastassja Kinski, Hans Christian Blech, Hanna Schygulla, Rüdiger Vogler, Peter Kern
18. Cathedrals of Culture (2014)
7
3
Cathedrals of Culture
7
3
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Meret Becker, Gennadi Vengerov, Benedicte C. Westin, Jonas Salk, Louis Khan
19. Until the End of the World (1991)
12
5
Until the End of the World
R
12
5

Until the End of the World is a science fiction action drama film which tells the story of Dr Farber, who has managed to create a device that allows the blind to see. This allows him to find the cure for his wife’s blindness. However, they are soon pursued by government forces.  

As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
21. Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (1995)
7
3
Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky
7
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Stefan Barber, Wiebke Bayer, Nadine Büttner
22. Lightning Over Water (1980)
7
3
Lightning Over Water
7
3
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Pierre Cottrell, Ronee Blakley, Gerry Bamman, Stefan Czapsky, Mitch Dubin
23. Don't Come Knocking (2005)
9
5
Don't Come Knocking
R
9
5

Howard Spence is an aging cowboy who decides to desert the film he is working on, and instead try to reconnect with his mother, whom he has not met for three decades. He falls into a great depression and nearly becomes suicidal upon learning about his child he never knew about. However, this gives him a reason to keep living.

As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama, Music
24. The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)
7
3
The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
7
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Arthur Brauss, Libgart Schwarz
25. Willie Nelson at the Teatro (1998)
6
3
Willie Nelson at the Teatro
6
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Bobby Nelson, Mickey Raphael
26. Room 666 (1982)
6
3
Room 666
6
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Mike De Leon, Ana Carolina
27. Invisibles (2007)
6
3
Invisibles
6
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders, Isabel Coixet, Mariano Barroso, Javier Corcuera
Genres:
Drama, Documentary
Star Cast:
Lia Chapman, Isabelle Stoffel
28. Kaspar Hauser (1969)
6
3
Kaspar Hauser
6
3
As:
Director
Director:
Wim Wenders, Michael Hild, Urs Aebersold, Ingemo Engström
Genres:
Drama
30. Land of Plenty (2004)
7
4
Land of Plenty
7
4
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Gloria Stuart, Richard Edson, John Diehl, Wendell Pierce, Shaun Toub
31. Hammett (1982)
7
4
Hammett
PG
7
4
As:
Director
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Marilu Henner, Frederic Forrest, Elisha Cook Jr., Peter Boyle, Roy Kinnear
32. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)
6
3
Notebook on Cities and Clothes
6
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Yohji Yamamoto
33. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word (2018)
7
4
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
PG
7
4
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Biography, Documentary
Star Cast:
Joe Biden, Pope Francis, Paul Ryan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, John Kerry
34. Palermo Shooting (2008)
6
4
Palermo Shooting
6
4
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Dennis Hopper, Inga Busch, Campino, Axel Sichrovsky, Gerhard Gutberlet
35. Mundo Invisível (2012)
5
3
Mundo Invisível
5
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Gian Vittorio Baldi, Wim Wenders, Atom Egoyan, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Marco Bechis
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Gian Vittorio Baldi, Sônia Braga, Ashot Adamyan, Leon Cakoff, Jupiter Apple
36. The Scarlet Letter (1973)
5
3
The Scarlet Letter
5
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
History, Drama
Star Cast:
Senta Berger, Hans Christian Blech, Alfredo Mayo, Lou Castel, Yelena Samarina
37. Summer in the City (1971)
5
3
Summer in the City
5
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hanns Zischler, Edda Köchl, Libgart Schwarz, Marie Bardischewski
38. The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
13
10
The Million Dollar Hotel
R
13
10

The Million Dollar Hotel is a mystery drama film which revolves around an FBI agent who investigates the death of a billionaire’s son after he is found dead in an old hotel.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery
39. 8 (2008)
5
4
8
5
4
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders, Mira Nair, Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion, Jan Kounen
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hringur Ingvarsson, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Alice Englert, Nigist Anteneh, Tefera Gizaw
42. Submergence (2017)
7
6
Submergence
7
6
As:
Director
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander, Alexander Siddig, Celyn Jones, Reda Kateb
43. Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film (2002)
4
3
Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film
4
3
As:
Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
Heinrich Böll, Marie Bäumer, Wolfgang Niedecken, Wolf Biermann, Sheryl Hackett
44. Les beaux jours d'Aranjuez (2016)
3
4
Les beaux jours d'Aranjuez
3
4
As:
Producer, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Peter Handke, Jens Harzer, Nick Cave, Reda Kateb, Sophie Semin

TV Shows

U2: The Best of 1990-2000 (2002)
16
3
U2: The Best of 1990-2000
16
3
As:
Director
Director:
Wim Wenders, Kevin Godley, Anton Corbijn, Bill Carter
Genres:
Music, Documentary
Star Cast:
William S. Burroughs, Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge
The Blues
20
5
The Blues
20
5
As:
Director, Writer
Genres:
Documentary, Music
Star Cast:
B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins, Ike Turner, Dick Waterman
Ein Haus für uns
4
3
Ein Haus für uns
4
3
As:
Cast, Director, uncredited
Director:
Wim Wenders
Star Cast:
Lisa Kreuzer, Wolfgang Höper, Nicolas Brieger, Thomas Brant

Narrator/Dubbing

The Salt of the Earth (2014)
19
4
The Salt of the Earth
PG-13
19
4

The Salt of the Earth is a biographical documentary film which revolves around the life and work of Sebastião Salgado, who had  spent four decades documenting depraved and hidden societies in various parts of Africa and South America. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, his son, takes a look at his father’s life and career.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, Narrator
Role:
Self - Narrator
Director:
Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Genres:
Biography, History, Documentary
Star Cast:
Sebastião Salgado, Lélia Wanick Salgado, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Hugo Barbier

Special Appearance/Cameo

Alice in the Cities (1974)
15
4
Alice in the Cities
15
4

While residing in another country, Philip, a German writer faces writers block. Therefore, he decides to move back to his country. His life however, takes a turn after he befriends a woman named Lisa, and her young daughter Alice. Lisa leaves Alice in the care of Philip, but the next day, she seems to have disappeared. Therefore, Philip tries to find Alice’s grandmother, but problem is that she neither remembers her name or her address.

As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Man by Jukebox in American Cafe (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl, Yella Rottländer
Kings of the Road (1976)
11
3
Kings of the Road
11
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Spectator at Pauline's Theater (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rudolf Schündler, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Hanns Zischler
The American Friend (1977)
15
5
The American Friend
15
5

Tom earns a living by dealing in forged art, but in order to earn some extra cash, he decides to take part in a murder plot. All he needs to do is find a potential gunman who will not talk. He soon meets Jonathan, who seems to be the perfect choice, as he is dying from cancer and wants to leave an inheritance for his family.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Figure Wrapped in Plaster Bandages in Ambulance (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Mystery, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Nicholas Ray, Gérard Blain
The State of Things (1982)
8
3
The State of Things
8
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Tram passenger (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Roger Corman, Patrick Bauchau, Isabelle Weingarten, Jeffrey Kime
The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick (1972)
7
3
The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick
7
3
As:
Cast, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Man Walking through Vienna Bus Station (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Sport, Drama
Star Cast:
Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Arthur Brauss, Libgart Schwarz
Summer in the City (1971)
5
3
Summer in the City
5
3
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer, uncredited
Role:
Billardspieler (uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Hanns Zischler, Edda Köchl, Libgart Schwarz, Marie Bardischewski
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
13
10
The Million Dollar Hotel
R
13
10

The Million Dollar Hotel is a mystery drama film which revolves around an FBI agent who investigates the death of a billionaire’s son after he is found dead in an old hotel.

As:
Cast, Producer, Director, uncredited
Role:
(uncredited)
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Mystery

Movies (Actor)

1. Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)
32
13
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
32
13
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kati Outinen, Markku Peltola, Marko Haavisto, Ana Sofia Liaño, Pelayo Suarez
2. Room 666 (1982)
16
9
Room 666
16
9
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Michelangelo Antonioni, Maroun Bagdadi, Mike De Leon, Ana Carolina
3. Long Shot (1978)
6
4
Long Shot
6
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Maurice Hatton
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Alan Bennett, Neville Smith, John Boorman, Stephen Frears
4. Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (1995)
12
5
Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky
12
5
As:
Cast, Director, Writer
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Udo Kier, Stefan Barber, Wiebke Bayer, Nadine Büttner
5. King Kongs Faust (1985)
8
4
King Kongs Faust
8
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Heiner Stadler
Star Cast:
Liv Ullmann, Wolfgang Längsfeld, Leonard Lansink, Werner Grassmann
6. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)
13
7
Notebook on Cities and Clothes
13
7
As:
Cast, Producer, Director, Writer
Role:
Himself
Director:
Wim Wenders
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Yohji Yamamoto
7. Helsinki-Naples All Night Long (1987)
10
6
Helsinki-Naples All Night Long
10
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Mika Kaurismäki
Genres:
Thriller, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jim Jarmusch, Nino Manfredi, Kari Väänänen, Roberta Manfredi
9. Liebe und so weiter (1968)
5
4
Liebe und so weiter
5
4
As:
Cast
Director:
George Moorse
Genres:
Romance
Star Cast:
Vera Tschechowa, Vadim Glowna, Claudia Bremer, Rolf Zacher
10. Tausend Augen (1984)
5
5
Tausend Augen
5
5
As:
Cast
Director:
Hans-Christoph Blumenberg
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Armin Mueller-Stahl, Karin Baal, Hannelore Hoger, Peter Kraus
11. Neues Deutschland (1993)
4
4
Neues Deutschland
4
4
As:
Cast
Director:
Uwe Janson, Philip Gröning, Gerd Kroske
Star Cast:
Heino Ferch, Daniel Graf, Joachim Król, Nina Franoszek
12. Snowblind (2010)
4
6
Snowblind
4
6
As:
Cast
Director:
Kilian Manning
Genres:
Western
Star Cast:
Jana Pallaske, Robert Lyons, Mala Ghedia, Erik Hansen

Wim Wenders Awards

BAFTA Awards
Paris, Texas Best Direction 1985